ripley

I’m the most massive fan of the Anthony Minghella film, so I came to this with some trepidations, but Steven Zaillian’s is a strikingly different take, shot in stunning black and white (sounds a contradiction in terms, but you’ll see what I mean). Andrew Scott is a brooding, knowing but increasingly compelling presence, set against Johnny Flynn’s languorous Dickie. What was music in the Minghella becomes art here – there are many beautiful shots of architectural details but the main focus is on Caravaggio, which is an inspired choice and works beautifully. The Malkovich cameo is a very nice touch, and I should, of course, mention the excellent performance by a splendid cat. Highly recommended

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